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12 space-saving solutions to create a small balcony

12 space-saving solutions to create a small balcony

12 space saving solutions for a small balcony © Leroy Merlin

Even a small balcony offers a pleasant opening onto the outside which it would be a shame not to do without. To best fit out this small area, here are some tailor-made ideas to make the most of it.

Investing in your balcony allows you to push the limits of your apartment a little, a luxury for all city dwellers who often dream ofan opening to the outside. But arranging this small area can be a real headache. Whether you want to grow a small vegetable garden, or turn it into a cocoon to enjoy the sun, there are solutions to optimize space at best. Of custom-made furniture makes it possible to make any balcony pleasant, even the most narrow. Folding table and chairs, some of which can be attached to the railing in the blink of an eye, allow you toset up a real dining area to eat outside. From hanging planters will be perfect for lovers of greenery, and for those who like to keep their heads in the shade, there are umbrellas with a design studied to slip anywhere.

Here is a concentrate of good ideas to transform your balcony and enjoy it all summer!

A nomadic table to clip onto the balcony

A nomadic table to clip onto the balcony © Oso

The good idea: a removable tray that attaches to the balcony (or window) railing. A table without a foot that can be set up in the blink of an eye and allows you to set up a small dining area to enjoy a meal outside.
Most : a patented system and 100% Made in France. The wood comes from the Jura and the steel worked in the Loir-et-Cher.

A nomadic table to clip onto the balcony

Folding furniture in XS format

Folding furniture in XS format © Jardiland

The good idea: small-format outdoor furniture that fits everywhere and that you choose in a folding version. Table and chairs can be installed and stored in the blink of an eye to be able to eat outside and find space once the meal is over.

Most : favor colorful furniture to energize your balcony. These small garden furniture are available in a multitude of bright colors, to coordinate or mismatch.

Folding furniture in XS format

A half-moon parasol for shade

A half-moon parasol for shade © Ikea

The good idea: a half-moon-shaped parasol to protect the balcony from the sun without taking up too much space. It can thus easily slip against a wall or against the guardrail, and be forgotten when folded.

Most : a half-moon base too to take up as little space as possible on the ground.

A half-moon parasol for shade

A mini barbecue to slide on the balcony

A mini barbecue to slide onto the balcony © Leroy Merlin

The good idea: a mini barbecue designed to take up a minimum of space. Its round shape makes it a user-friendly accessory, for sharing kebabs and grills regardless of the number of square meters available outside.

Most : a circular base for perfect stability, but light to be able to move it easily.

A mini barbecue to slide on the balcony

A 2-in-1 green plant box

A 2-in-1 green plant container © Maisons du monde

The good idea: a clever structure with planters, which also incorporates a top that transforms into an outdoor table. You just have to unfold it and wedge your feet underneath to be able to sit outside and enjoy a real dining area.

Most : the space under the planters allows folding chairs to slide in, practical for easily storing furniture and quickly freeing your balcony.

A 2-in-1 green plant box

A mini tray for an occasional outdoor table

A mini tray for an occasional outdoor table © EGO Paris

The good idea: a tray to be fixed on the railing. This small side table is ideal for placing a plate, a book, a drink or a small outdoor lamp. A smart accessory for those who really don’t have a lot of space.

Most : its small size makes it easy to store it both outside on the balcony and inside in the apartment.

A mini tray for an occasional outdoor table

Wall brackets for a well-organized balcony

Wall fixings for a well-organized balcony © Leroy Merlin

The good idea: hang furniture when not in use to free up space on the balcony. Thanks to this wall attachment system, you can easily store folding chairs, a deckchair, or even children’s bikes.

Most : an installation which allows the balcony to be invested in height to conserve a maximum of width and circulation space.

Wall brackets for a well-organized balcony

Custom-made nomadic lighting

Custom-made nomadic lighting © Castorama

The good idea: nomadic light sources that allow you to light your balcony without taking up space. Light garlands, solar torches to plant in planters, table lamp, portable lantern … There is something for everyone.

Most : tailor-made mood lighting to make the most of the long summer evenings.

Custom-made nomadic lighting

An ultra light folding table for the balcony

An ultra light folding table for the balcony © Hespéride

The good idea: an ultra thin structure that allows you to set up a small dining area simply by unfolding the tray. Attached to the railing, the table is thus very stable, perfect for eating outside, and is very discreet when folded.

Most : a steel structure that is perfectly resistant to all climatic conditions.

An ultra light folding table for the balcony

Hanging planters for a flowered balcony

Hanging planters for a flowery balcony © Jardiland

The good idea: easy-to-hang planters to flower your balcony even when you don’t have much space. Large or smaller, they will easily find a place on a railing, a chair back or even a high hook.

Most : bright colors to energize its exterior and create an atmosphere full of good humor.

Hanging planters for a flowered balcony

A multifunctional mini bar for the balcony

A multifunctional mini bar for the balcony © Botanic

The good idea: a high mini-bar style table that allows two to sit down to eat outside. Its narrow width is perfect for sliding it onto even a narrow balcony, and its high chairs provide comfortable seating.

Most : a mini bar that can serve as a dining area as well as a storage area to install a small barbecue or even a plancha.

A multifunctional mini bar for the balcony

High plantations to optimize space

A vegetable garden on its bucolic balcony © Castorama

The good idea: invest the space in height to make your balcony a real little corner of greenery. Shelves and other structures are ideal for storing planters, and a few small vegetable plots can slip into the corners to accommodate a few additional plants.

Most : green plants, flowers, herbs, small vegetables … You can grow almost anything on your balcony.

High plantations to optimize space

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